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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BA SCORE
88
very good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atis on 02-12-2009)
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Reviews by Rmason104:
Photo of Rmason104
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep golden clear with a way-to thick of a head (nearly half of a pint glass)

S: bready, slightly spicy

T: very smooth taste that defies the high alcohol content. Grassy, sweeter malty taste than I expected from a tripel. Also some hints of spices, much like a Wit style

M: high carbonation probably helps mask the alcohol and cuts the sweetness

D: surprisingly smooth and drinkable, almost alarmingly so for the BAC

I enjoyed this one. If blindfolded I would have guessed it was a darker beer. Very smooth. Will be a great summer beer too!

Rmason104, Dec 25, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a deep copper in color with a head that came up well but didn't stick around for long.

Smell - The big Belgian hops are all over the smell. It is classic European with a very mild malt balance. This also shows a bit of herbal pepper character like what you'd find in a bell pepper.

Taste - The hops dial it back a few notches at the taste. There's also a sweetness that jumps in that distracts from the overall depth of the ale.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied on its best day with some rather dull carbonation and a half-hearted effort at a bittering finish.

Drinkability - This was a nice, easy drinker but not the heavy-hitting Tripel that I had hoped for.

RoyalT, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into my Chimay chalice. Blonde light sweet. Abundant head. Nice appearance.
Sweet aroma.
This is a typical tripel. A wonderful choice for a nice weather beer if you don't like lagers. Or even if you do. I am quickly growing fond of tripels and this is as good as any.
A worthy effort.

NWer, May 18, 2011
Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before date.

Mild haze within the golden color, thin lacing is what is left after a quick to foam and quick to drop head. Botanical, exotic fruit, chalky yeast, phenolic and cracker-like nose. Crispness pops from the creamy medium body. Honey and alcohol. Dry maltiness melds withe fruity alcoholic esters, super ripe pineapple. Yeasty, graininess goes a bit biscuity. Kiss of cotton candy and lavender. Dry warming finish with some vague herbal hop flavor.

Definitely in the raw and it shows though stays well within the style, a good pick.

Jason, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

innominat, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

fionn13, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. I bought this at my local beer specialist in York, having tried it for the first time on a trip to Belgium last year. The Half Moon brewery in Bruges, where this is made, is well worth a visit.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A deep golden-amber colour with strong carbonation; a great column of fine bubbles rises from the centre of the glass. A huge white head forms on top; this has excellent retention. A rich aroma: sweet, fruity and alcoholic. Notes reminiscent of apricot and lemon, and a hint of sourness. Fantastic!

The taste is sweet and complex, with a lingering finish. Light hints of fruit. Considerable notes of alcohol, which make for a warmer flavour. Mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly astringent. A faintly sweet aftertaste remains.

A lovely tripel that posesses a rich yet subtle flavour. The first time I had this was with dinner, and I concluded that it went well with food. Not an everyday beer, but worth seeking out.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a deep orange body that is slightly hazy with a swirling microsea of big bubbles. A light eggshell colored head breaks up soon.

S- The dry cidery hit leads to a dry candy ester hint in the finish. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.

T- The dry candy note leads to a soft dry pine bite of hops with some alcohol heat in the finish. There is a slight sweetness in the finish as it opens up and some cidery notes grow in the finish.

M- The big scrubbing fizz leads to an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This is a bit sugary but not much of the classic Tripel yeast profile that is hard to capture but delicious. There alcohol and fizz with some sweetness makes it ok to drink but nothing special.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden/light brown color with three fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Triple-like aromas of yeast, malt, citrus, caramel and spices. I get floral aromas from hops, some sweet aromas from crystalized sugar, some citrus aromas of oranges and grapefruit, plus spices of black pepper, coriander, clove, ginger, finally, malty aromas of buttered bread.

Taste: Malty upfront, followed by some citrusy notes of grapefruit and. There’s some good sweetness from what I’m assuming is crystalized sugar, and some subtle hoppy bitterness too. Finally, there some good spiciness to this beer, not spiciness as in hot, but spiciness as in spices. I get black pepper, coriander, some clove, and a touch of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the tastebuds. With an ABV of 9%, there’s a very pronounced, and pleasant alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This beer is fantastic!! I love how well balanced it is, between the bready malts, to the floral and citrusy bitterness of the hops, to the beer’s inherent sweetness. It’s excellent!!

Jeffreysan, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Jgrody
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jgrody, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
Photo of azorie
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I poured into a tripel glass. he color is golden to reddish yellow/gold. A hard pour had a nice thick 2" head. cloudy. good lacing.

S: Bread like nose, I guess biscuit like is good....Fruity and hoppy. cereal and flowery at the same time. hops come out citrus like. with lots of hop perfume.

T: Thick rich and sweet at first. its coats your palate, then you get that flowery hop bite, nice balance, dry finish. its a tad on the sweet side for a tripel. but who says it cannot be sweeter?
Still not my favorite I had. as its warms up past 50f, the malt really stands out and you get even more hops, nice balance there.

M: medium carbonation and medium body, dry. easy to drink no alcohol even at 9%, kind of dangerous to the non experienced REAL Belgian beer drinker.

O: I think I have to finish the 4 pack to know more, I will write more later. I like it.

azorie, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of MaevaS
4/5  rDev +1.5%

MaevaS, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly-hazed sunny peach/gold color, a few random bits of sediment despite a steady pour (I never mind the floaters), and a thick, creamy head that, while impressive, dies off to a big bubbly skim in about a minute.

While the aroma is on the subtle side for a tripel (ie. laid back spice and alcohol presence), it's clean, pure and a pleasure to take in. Some banana, apple and pear; mild and polite yeast/white bread. No more, no less.

This is perhaps the most subtle and laid-back tripel I've yet had (outside of a couple poorly-conceived American wanna-be attempts at the style). As with the aroma, the flavor focuses on the fruity characteristics most. It's like a tropical fruit snack pack. Banana...cherry...pear...peach...mango...all these mingle with a pronounced caramel flavor, ginger snap cookies, and crisp, almost pilsner-like hops. Maltier yet less spicy and alcoholic than most tripels, I was initially underwhelmed...but it grows on you, and I appreciate its subtler vibe.

Feels soft and smooth and manageable, definitely not overly sticky or chewy. Feels absolutely lovely in the mouth, and I suppose it's strange that this is by far my favorite aspect of the beer, but it is.

Not a tripel that goes for the jugular, but also nice to know you won't be getting an instant headache either (I love a good tripel, but they're beastly things sometimes). An easy, pleasurable, uncomplicated beer that drinks like any number of other quality Belgians. Just not a tripel for newbies, as it will definitely give the wrong impression.

Metalmonk, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of mattfancett
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Billowing head grows ever skyward above liquid shining like light copper penny ...

Heavy malts and a hint of soy sauce in the nose, a bit sweet

Heavy beery flavor, a profile of multi grain artisan bread, with some American macro lager brew qualities to it as well. Walnuts, and mild pine nuts

Medium bodied, heavily creamy carbonation and a little warmth in the end

Overall, a very drinkable beer, but lacking in the flavor depth I was expecting for the price

JoeAmerican77, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel Bier 9˚
25.4 oz bottle, corked and caged
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear, deep golden/amber body. The moderately-sized creamy white head drops readily but it maintains a solid collar throughout. Sparse, splashy lacing lines the glass. Subsequent pours become hazy as the sedimented yeast is roused.

Aroma: Fruity and yeasty, gently caramelish and honey-like. Floral and spicy, almost minty hops.

Flavor: All of the gentle fruit and yeast found in the nose carries over into the flavor. I find plenty of pear and apple, as well as a bit of citrus zest (lemon, orange), and some soft tangerine and peach. It's gently caramelish, or perhaps more like lightly browned sugar. It's honeyish and floral. There are suggestions of spice to it although they're light (cinnamon, anise, ginger); and along with the spicy, seeming minty, leafy and floral hops it's just a slight touch cola-like. The alcohol never shows; and it's mildly bitter with just enough that in combination with the spiciness it never becomes "sweet". It's more rich and complex than you might expect of a "tripel", but this is a Brugse tripel. It's very rounded, and you don't find any specific note, or notes, at any certain point as it crosses the palate. They're pretty much all there, and sometimes you find different things at different times, especially in the very long-lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full and dextrinous in body. Well-carbonated, it initially bristles the palate, but then becomes more "foaming" as it warms, and thus more "creamy".

Overall: Quite an interesting and charming beer! Highly satisfying. Quite unique. Worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Hessian257, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

tenacioustomato, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

aztraz, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of MisterGone
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It may be the case that I go for a more defined beer in type/style/genre. Compared to many of the other trippels (Belgium only, not American versions), this one just seemed a bit more subtle in every department. Less fruit in the start, though it does stay on the finish. Less nose than others. A disclaimer: my nose may be tainted by a preference for severely hopped beers locally. Color, head, mouthfeel all fine and as expected for style.

MisterGone, Jul 24, 2014
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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° from Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
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